Printed letters, May 29, 2011

I have reviewed the proposed name change for the nine-mile stretch of F Road and the address change for those of us who live or have businesses on the current Patterson Road between First and 28th streets.

I think the city and county are going to create more confusion and problems than they are trying to solve in changing F Road to Patterson Road for a nine-mile stretch while leaving 28th, 15th, 12th, Seventh and First streets, but giving businesses and homes within this stretch county numbers.

This not only creates more confusion, but creates unneeded and unwarranted expenses to the city, all taxpayers in the city and county and businesses within the historic area.

City officials have not made it easier and less confusing to get around in Grand Junction by closing Second Street downtown and making Seventh Street a single lane to the city core.

Please leave the two-mile stretch of Patterson Road from 28th to First streets with city addresses. Everyone understands this or can adapt to this with little confusion. City and county taxpayers do not need money wasted on this. Use the money instead to correct all the reverse-parking spaces in the city core, develop the parks that have been promised for years and maintain and clean up the city and county properties that are in poor condition.

What happens when First, Seventh and 12th streets turn into 26, 26 ½ and 27 roads north of Patterson Road?


Grand Junction

ATV club opposes White River travel plan

We thank the Garfield County commissioners for their time regarding the White River National Forest Travel Management Plan. The White River Trail Runners ATV Club was in attendance at the May 23 county commissioner’s meeting opposing the travel management plan.

Beginning this August, acres of riding area will be closed off to unlicensed vehicles, including ATVs and dirt bikes. This will penalize elderly folks and those with disabilities who are unable to hike at high altitudes. Further, local and out-of-state hunters who utilize their ATVs will be forced to go elsewhere, taking much-needed revenue with them.

Our club alone spent more than 250 volunteer hours cleaning up trails from the Grand Mesa to the Flattops. Closing the areas listed in the travel management plan will greatly reduce the difference we make.

We are asking people to write letters of appeal to USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, 740 Simms, Golden, Colo., 80401. The deadline is June 20.


President White River Trail Runners ATV Club


How many more cuts can District 51 survive?

School District 51 had to cut $12 million last year and almost $13 million this year. That is $25 million in two years. At what point does the district say we can’t cut any more money?

Does the district stop teaching and educating? How much more can a school district cut before it says enough is enough? If the school district were a private business, it would have to close its doors eventually.

As a parent, I am concerned that the children are going to be affected by the budget cuts in a negative way. It seems that the state always cuts education first because it is the largest amount of money spent, but it is the most important part of the budget.

There have to be other parts of the budget that can get cut, so our children can learn and be become well-educated adults.

KYLE KING Grand Junction

Old murders are of little interest to some

After a week of the most important developments in the Middle East and Washington, The Daily Sentinel digs up a murder that happened almost half a century ago. Who cares except the family involved?

The editors need to go back to school and take world civics since they obviously flunked it the first time around.

The only reason I can see why the Sentinel did this is that it does not have any favorable news to report as it pertains to its limited understanding of international and domestic politics.




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